>Well I was on a roll yesterday after basting Happy Campers, so I decided to get to cutting the sashing strips for my whirlygigs. I got everything cut and sat down to start sewing, when I realized I forgot to include seam allowances on the width of the strips! I cut 25 8½” x 2″ strips. I want them to be 2″ wide finished! I also cut six 2″ x WOF strips for the horizontal sashing. This wound up using ⅔ of a yard. Now I have a decision to make.
- I could go ahead and use what I cut, losing 3″ from the height of the quilt and 2½” from the width. If I stick with 4″ borders, this will give me a finished quilt measuring 47½” x 58″ (which is a bit awkward).
- I could make up the difference by making a wider border, probably 6″. This would give me a finished size of 51½” x 62″. Still awkward, but big enough to cuddle under on the couch.
- I could go ahead and cut the strips out correctly, and toss what I have aside for future days. With 2″ finished sashing and 4″ finished borders, the quilt will measure 50″ x 60″. Nice, even measurements, and the perfect size for laying on the couch.
I’m torn, because this was supposed to just be a fun, easy lap quilt. I don’t want to over-complicate it, but I still want it to be visually appealing. I think 8″ blocks with 1½” sashing might look kinda funky. I also don’t want to waste what I’ve already cut.
What would you do?